Friday , April 13, 2012 spotlight 1
Friday , April 13, 2012 spotlight 1

Session title:

Innovations in STEM Education Evaluation: Enhancing the Quality of Evidence Available to Assess the Impacts of Research Portfolios


Education Researchers Examine Innovations in Evaluating the Impact of Research

Researchers present insights from three recent National Science Foundation initiatives to advance innovations in science, technology, education, and math (STEM) education evaluation and to enhance the quality of evidence available to assess the impacts of portfolios of research. These measures are intended to inform strategic planning across the educational research, planning, policy-making, and professional communities by providing accountability and indicators of the impact of funded research. The presenters consider challenges encountered in devising appropriate metrics and approaches for undertaking such evaluations, particularly when the portfolios incorporate diverse and innovative investigations at various stages in the research and development cycle.

Time: Friday, April 13, 2:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m.  

Building/Room: Marriott Pinnacle, Third Level - Pinnacle III

Session Participants:

Session Organizer: Sarah-Kathryn McDonald (NORC at the University of Chicago)

Using Bibliometric Data for Program Evaluation: A Citation Analysis of the National Science Foundation’s Program on Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering

James S. Dietz (National Science Foundation)Kevin L. Brown (NORC at the University of Chicago)

Developing a Rubric for Assessing the Methodological Rigor of Research Portfolios: Insights From a Pilot Project

Barbara L. Schneider (Michigan State University)Sarah-Kathryn McDonald (NORC at the University of Chicago)

Advancing Innovations in STEM Education Evaluation: Program, Portfolio, and Project Evaluation Initiatives in the National Science Foundation’s Education and Human Resources Directorate

Janice M. Earle (National Science Foundation)

Chair: Finbarr C. Sloane (Arizona State University)

Discussant: Finbarr C. Sloane (Arizona State University)

Discussant: Stephen J. Hegedus (University of Massachusetts)

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